A trend towards mandating coronavirus vaccines appears to be developing.
The trend began on Monday with the Department of Veterans Affairs becoming the first federal agency to require its health workers to get vaccinated against the coronavirus.
Now, reports indicate that the Biden administration is considering expanding that mandate to all federal employees.
According to the Associated Press, the Biden administration revealed that it is considering a federal vaccination mandate on Tuesday. This was the same day that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its coronavirus guidance, recommending that vaccinated people in high areas of transmissibility wear facemasks indoors.
Besides stating that a federal vaccine mandate is “under consideration,” the Associated Press reports that the Biden administration offered no further details on the plan.
To clarify, what these mandates would actually do is either require a federal employee to show proof that he or she has been vaccinated against the coronavirus or to wear a facemask and undergo regular coronavirus testing.
At the state level, California has announced that it will be taking this route. The state, starting next month, is going to require all state employees and health workers to either show proof of vaccination or to undergo weekly coronavirus tests.
The only way out?
The push towards vaccine mandates and masks comes as the Delta variant of the coronavirus has led to an increase in coronavirus cases. The Biden administration has blamed the continuance of the coronavirus on the unvaccinated, despite reports that dispute this. And, the CDC and Vice President Kamala Harris have both suggested that widespread vaccinations are the only way forward.
At the moment, about 163.3 Americans, representing 49.2 percent of the population, have been fully vaccinated. The daily vaccination rate, however, has been dropping, and polls have shown that many unvaccinated Americans do not plan on getting vaccinated.
At the same time, many big-name Democrats have been getting more forceful in their rhetoric about vaccinations, as the vaccine mandates would suggest. Embroiled New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), for example, recently said, “we have to knock on those doors, and we have to convince people, and put them in a car and drive them and get that vaccine in their arm.”
What remains unclear to many unvaccinated Americans is why some vaccinated people, like Cuomo, are so desperate to get everyone vaccinated, particularly if the vaccines work by protecting them. A good answer has yet to be provided.
But, we appear to be rapidly reaching the point at which one must either get vaccinated or give up his or her life, which is a surprising thing to say in America.